1: Zach LaVine
Zach LaVine has been linked to the Knicks for years now, and this season doesn’t need to be the one where New York finally lands the 28-year-old guard.
He has four seasons left on his current contract, with 2026-27 being a $48.9 million player option. Trading LaVine would undoubtedly signal a rebuild, meaning the Bulls would want far more than the Knicks should be willing to give up.
The Athletic’s Fred Katz confirmed that in a piece published on July 20 that said New York “made contact” with Chicago about a trade, but the asking price was “giant” (subscription required). The actual NBA world is far different than the Bleacher Report one.
Even if New York were seriously interested in him, Stefan Bondy’s report for New York Daily News that LaVine’s camp would be against a Knicks trade (subscription required) all but erases the chances of the two-time All-Star playing in The Big Apple. LaVine knows Donovan Mitchell has a much higher chance of suiting up in orange and blue.
LaVine is represented by Klutch Sports, so if he gets traded anywhere, it will be to the Lakers. That’s only partly a joke.